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On Books is a podcast about books. Think of it as a two-person book club — or a series of thirty-minute audiobooks. Each week on the show Chris Castiglione brings you a new book. Highlights include: Mating in Captivity, Sapiens, Sex at Dawn, Letters to a Young Poet, Educated, How Not to Die,Read more

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The Overstory by Richard Powers

May 12 • 01:14:19

In this episode, I'm reading the entire first chapter of The Overstory (2018), the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Richard Powers. ...

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

Apr 11 • 35:19

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari [Rebroadcast]

Nov 24 • 35:47

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”...

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Nov 15 • 39:05

Habit - a decision you made at some point. And then stopped making, but continue acting upon....

Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken by Lordo Rinzler

Aug 21 • 24:15
Buddhism has a lot to say about suffering—and there are likely few times we suffer more intensely than when we break up with a romantic partner. It feels like you may never recover sometimes. But Lodro Rinzler has wonderfully good news for those suffering heartbreak: the 2,500-year-old teachings of the Buddha are the ultimate antidote for emotional pain. And you don’t need...

Ending Aging

May 3 • 44:35

This week on the show I chat with Mark Katakowski and Steven Clausnitzer of ForeverLabs. ForeverLabs is a Y Combinator company that helps people live longer by offering stem cell banking and storage. ...

Buy the Change You Want to See

Apr 11 • 42:40

Buy the Change You Want to See is a new book that just came out, by Jane Mosbacher Morris. It's promoting the idea to “Vote with your dollar,” a concept that I love, and to the best of my extent, try to live by everyday....

Educated by Tara Westover

Mar 2 • 27:01

Educated is the memoir about a girl who went from being homeschooled in rural Idaho, to receive her Ph.D. from Cambridge University. Along the way she confronts poverty, ignorance, violence, and a host of other challenges. It's the remarkable, true story of Westover's journey to find an education. Educated was on the top of Bill Gate's Book list of 2018, as well as Barak O...

Conscious Capitalism with Corey Blake

Feb 3 • 49:27

Conscious Capitalism is a way of thinking about capitalism and business that better reflects where we are in the human journey, the state of our world today, and the innate potential of business to make a positive impact on the world. Started by Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey and professor Raj Sisodia, "conscious businesses" are galvanized by higher purposes that serve...

How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand

Jan 15 • 12:42

I love this book because while the subject of is "buildings," it's really about time. What happens to the objects we create over time?...

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